The definition of being flexible is “being bent without breaking”. I enjoy working-out, but I have always hated doing the stretching exercises before the workout. I don’t know why, I just hate it! Yet recently, I bent over to pick up something from off the floor and pulled a muscle in my back that has stop my daily duties.
The older I get, the more important I see the need to stretch. It is important to remain flexible because our body is getting less and less pliable. As we get older we also find that to be true in other areas of life. We don’t like to be stretched as much as we used to. We don’t like to try new things or hear new ideas as much as we used to. We don’t enjoy being around people who are different. That’s called getting old! That is why it is so important to work at remaining flexible and open to being stretched by new ideas and new methods.
If being flexible is the ability to bend without breaking and we gain some understanding of that through our bodies ability to resist that process, I wonder what happens in our minds that cause us to be so rigid in our thoughts. Do we prevent our faith from reaching its fullness by getting stuck in what God said that we can’t hear what He’s saying?
In essence we are talking about growing beyond being the”weaker brother”, as Paul calls it in 1 Corinthians 8. Certainly, we all must go through that period in our development where we cannot bend for fear of breaking. However, there is a place of development where we truly experience a fuller expression of our freedom in Christ as we allow the stretching of our conscience to release our cultures differences. Then we can love more!
I am not talking about compromising our conscience. I am not talking about violating the Scripture. I am saying that maturity brings flexibility without compromise. The Pharisees were totally rigid in their spiritual vision and their blindness cost them the Christ. I wonder where you and I might be too rigid at this very moment.